Powerful Women Immortalized in Print


In honor of Women’s History Month, which is recognized each March, here are a few books to check out about strong, smart, and independent women who have made their mark on the world:

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz – Shares 40 biographical profiles of female radicals, including Malala Yousafzi, Enheduanna, and the Guerrilla Girls.


Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs – Presents a fun and feminist look at the brilliant, brainy and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers and inventors, along with interviews with real-life women in STEM careers.

Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons From Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World by Joann S. Lublin – Dozens of trailblazing executive women who broke the corporate glass ceiling offer inspiring and unconventional insights and lessons in a career guide by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice From Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney – Profiles 100 influential and creative women from all backgrounds and walks of life who embraced their entrepreneurial spirits and started successful businesses and offers their words of advice for those just starting out.

Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breking Adventures by Karen Bush Gibson – Profiles twenty-three women from ten different countries whose careers span half a century of human spaceflight, including such heroines as Sally Ride, Peggy Whitson, Mae Jemison, and the women of Mercury 13. Continue reading

Books for Tech-Savvy Teens


Teen Tech Week (March 5-11, 2017) encourages teens to visit the library and take advantage of the wide variety of digital resources available to them, in order to prepare them for college and 21st century careers. While the library offers several different hands-on classes and events for young adults to learn about technology, you can also find the following guides in the JMRL catalog:

Adventures in Coding by Eva Holland & Chris Minnick – The perfect book for young people who want to learn how to program but need a little heads-up on where to begin. The Adventures series has been specifically designed to appeal to young people as they begin their adventures with technology, with a layout that will appeal to school age students and carefully tailored projects that allow them to learn while having fun.

The Big Book of MakerSpace Projects by Colleen & Aaron Graves – Provides an interactive, easy-to-follow guide that is filled with classroom-tested, low-cost DIY makerspace projects such as recyclable inventions, smartphone tweaks, paper and sewing circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, and 3-D printing.

The Way Things Work Now: From Levers to Lasers, Windmills to Wi-Fi, A Visual Guide to the World of Machines by David Macaulay – An update of the worldwide best-seller incorporates the latest technological developments that impact life today, guiding readers through the fundamental principles of machines while explaining how historical developments are building the future.

The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly – An expert tech writer discusses the forces and trends—including flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking and questioning—that will revolutionize our daily lives through the upcoming technological advances of the next 30 years.

Getting Started With 3D Printing by Liza Wallach Kloski & Nick Kloski – Includes fundamental topics such as a short history of 3D printing, the best hardware and software choices for consumers, hands-on tutorial exercises the reader can practice for free at home and how to apply 3D printing in the readers’ life and profession.

Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress by Nate Cooper with art by Kim Gree – A humorous, illustrated guide introduces the basics of creating a website, including HTML tags, CSS, customizing Word Press, plugins, and choosing domain name.

Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock – Outlines simple steps for creating computer games using the Scratch programming language.

JMRL’s Eleventh Annual NEA Big Read: “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones


The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library invites all readers to participate in a month-long community event that will be held during March 2017. JMRL is once again partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts in the library’s 11th annual NEA Big Read.

The NEA Big Read concept is simple: to have as many people as possible in our community reading and discussing the same book at the same time. This year, that book is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

What is the book about? Two families with teenage girls in 1980s Atlanta live very different lives but share one thing: James Witherspoon, who is married to two different women. One mother and daughter know James’ secret. Join your neighbors in exploring secret families, STEM education for girls, and other themes inspired by the book.

JMRL will be hosting many free community events and discussions about the book and its themes at all library branches. The schedule of events for the 2017 NEA Big Read can be found at www.jmrl.org/bigread.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the author, Tayari Jones, at Northside Library on Friday, March 17 at 6 p.m. or at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday, March 18 at 6 p.m.

The National Endowment for the Arts launched the NEA Big Read after a survey in 2004 showed a decline in the reading of literature. Less than half of American adults read literature, according to the report. The NEA Big Read is presented in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read is also supported by the Art and Jane Hess Fund of the Library Endowment.